Wichita State University

Wichita State has prohibited professors from notifying their students if a classmate has tested positive for COVID-19 and may have unwittingly exposed fellow students.

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WICHITA, Kansas — Some students at public universities in Kansas have, or will yet get, the coronavirus.

Football players training over the summer have tested positive. A frat house in Manhattan has an outbreak. And some dorm students elsewhere in the state have gone from just-unpacked to quarantined.

Schools spent the summer preparing. Desks have been moved six feet apart. In-person classes are getting cut back. Masks must be worn.

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In her job as an investigator for the federal public defenders office in Wichita, Cecilia Wood was given an assignment: explore how her clients' lives are affected by their dependence on the Wichita transit system.

Her approach? Give up her car for a year and learn to rely on the bus.

"To understand what [our clients] go through with the transportation system is huge," she says. "I've had a car my entire life."

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Jay Golden started 2020 with a new job as president of Wichita State University.

Three months later he announced the school was going remote-only because of the cornavirus. 

Since then, classes have been entirely online and educators worried students wouldn't want to enroll in college during a pandemic. But Golden says more students have signed up than last year. They're moving into the dorms and getting ready for in-person classes to start again on Monday. 

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Wichita State is set to receive about $8.2 million in federal aid as reimbursement for its efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus on campus.

As state universities prepare to start their fall semesters, the Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday approved two relief packages meant to curb the costs that come with additional safety measures. Fall classes will begin at WSU on Monday, with all courses either online or in a hybrid format — meaning partially online and partially in-person.

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Sarrah Thornburg couldn’t wait to go to Pau, France, this fall.

As an international business major at Wichita State University, she is required to study abroad in order to graduate.

Thornburg was excited for the change in scenery and the weekend trips she’d take to Spain. That was before COVID-19 upended her schedule, and WSU was forced to cancel its study abroad programs.

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WICHITA, Kansas — Gone are the days of sneaking late into a crowded lecture hall. Reading college students' disapproving faces won't be easy. And Thanksgiving is the new Christmas.

There’ll be a lot of adjustments this fall for students and professors at Kansas’ universities, institutions that have been finalizing plans for how they’ll keep everyone safe from the coronavirus when in-person instruction returns.

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The Kansas Board of Regents met with Wichita State University President Jay Golden on Wednesday, but took no action over the furor caused by Golden removing a prerecorded message by Ivanka Trump from WSU Tech’s commencement ceremony.

The Regents spent more than four hours in executive session with Golden. They then adjourned and directed people watching the virtual meeting to a statement.

The statement read:

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WICHITA, Kansas — The coronavirus has left Kansas’ international college students with a choice: stay in the United States, even if it hurts them financially, or leave and risk not being allowed back into the United States.

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Wichita police have arrested a man following a fatal crash Wednesday morning that killed longtime radio personality Don Hall.

Hall, 70, was on his way to KEYN, where he worked as one of the morning drive-time hosts. Police say he was turning left onto Rock Road from Kellogg Drive when a car traveling south on Rock Road apparently ran a red light.

Police say Ray Watkins, 43, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of second-degree murder. Police think alcohol and drugs were a factor in the crash.

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